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Old 10-13-2016, 03:01 PM   #11
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Old 10-13-2016, 03:11 PM   #12
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Question.....Why do you have an antenna booster on the 'cable tv' jack on the side of your RV? The antenna booster should be on the roof antenna.
For me to use the cable tv jack on my older motorhome with satellite, I simply had to change the splitter on the cable tv line to a splitter designed for satellite. The old splitter didn't let the power needed for satellite to flow to the dish and back.
In RV's made in the last 10-20 years, it is common to "switch" between the antenna and the outside cable tv port by using the power switch on the antenna booster. The booster is wired to both the antenna and the cable tv port. When the booster is turned off, it switches to the cable tv port. When the booster is turned on, it switches to the antenna. Any RV wired in this typical fashion will not pass satellite through the booster switch.
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Old 10-13-2016, 03:14 PM   #13
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Old 10-13-2016, 03:23 PM   #14
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Also, when going from antenna to cable, you need to change settings in tv....from air to cable, then do a channel scan...
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:10 PM   #15
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I'd bet you could make a living doing this for us ham handed rv'ers.
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Old 10-14-2016, 07:45 AM   #16
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I should add that some folks talk about a similar modification, but using a splitter in place of the diplexer. Roughly speaking, the signal level loss using the Holland diplexer is about 20%. The signal level loss using a satellite-rated splitter is just over 50%. In this application, the Holland diplexer separates two frequency bands. However, a splitter divides all band signals in half. They really serve very different purposes. If a splitter is used in this modification, then it will lose over half of the cable signal and over half of the satellite signal strengths.
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Old 10-14-2016, 11:21 AM   #17
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TV problems with roof antenna

I have a Windgard Roadstar RS 3035 roof mounted antenna on my new TT. I cannot seem to receive tv signals on it---maybe 3-4 channels. Wingard said according to them coax is hooked up correctly. I made a homemade UHF-VHF antenna and hooked it directly to tv and can pull in 35 channels.
Anyone have the same problem? What can I do to received more channels?

What I would like to do is hook my homemade antenna to the cable connection at the rear and hook the tv to the coax in the TT labeled cable. That way I would have a direct hookup to the external antenna. Any ideas how to do it or could it be done.

Very frustrating!!!
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Old 10-14-2016, 11:33 AM   #18
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Make sure that the booster switch is turned on for the antenna. Should be a green led glowing. However, that being said, the roadstar really does suck pretty much. Mine is totally unreliable.
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:57 PM   #19
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I have a Windgard Roadstar RS 3035 roof mounted antenna on my new TT. I cannot seem to receive tv signals on it---maybe 3-4 channels. Wingard said according to them coax is hooked up correctly. I made a homemade UHF-VHF antenna and hooked it directly to tv and can pull in 35 channels.
Anyone have the same problem? What can I do to received more channels?

What I would like to do is hook my homemade antenna to the cable connection at the rear and hook the tv to the coax in the TT labeled cable. That way I would have a direct hookup to the external antenna. Any ideas how to do it or could it be done.

Very frustrating!!!
on the manual site it identifies teh following as a check to see what channels are available and what signal strength you may have.
dtv.gov/maps

in essence it goes onto state the following:

"Using the FCC’s Mapping Tool to Help Consumers Choose a Receiving Antenna:
Guidance for Retail Sales Staff
The following instructions are intended to help retail sales staff who use the
Commission’s mapping tool to assist consumers in choosing an appropriate
television receiving antenna:
(1) Go to http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/
(2) In the “Enter Location” box at the upper left side
of the page, fill in the consumer street address, city
and state, and Zip Code, and then click “Go.” This
will bring up a map showing the consumer’s location
and, to the left of the map, a list of the digital TV signals available,
color coded by signal strength at the location and listed in
descending order of signal strength at the location. The signal
strength categories are “strong,” “moderate,” “weak,” and “no
signal.”
Tip – If the tool doesn’t put the marker in the right place, click and
drag it to correct it.
(3) Clicking on the call sign for a station will
place the station’s transmitter location on the
map (along with the consumer’s location),
provide information about its signal strength at
the consumer’s address, and provide the RF
(“radio frequency”) channel used for the digital
transmission. Click on the call sign for all
stations of interest in order to map the full range
of transmitter locations that the consumer’s
antenna would need to cover. This will help to
determine whether a directional or omni-directional
antenna is appropriate, and whether an antenna rotor
might be needed. Determining the signal strength of the
weakest signal in which the consumer is interested will
help to determine the minimum receiving antenna
capability (including, possibly, an amplifier) that might be
needed. The list of RF channels will assist in determining
whether an antenna with both UHF and VHF capability is
needed. (In most cases consumers WILL want antennas
with both UHF and VHF capability). "
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:14 PM   #20
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I have a simple solution for my 2011 Georgetown 327DS. The "Park Cable" input in the rear compartment went directly to a switchbox which has three positions; antenna, cable, aux. I removed the cable connection to the switchbox and ran it to an A/B switch. One side of the switch (B) goes back to the FR switchbox while the other side (A) goes to the satellite system antenna power box. This allows me to use either source with a flick of the switch.

In my rig, the FR supplied amplifier is between the switchbox they supplied and the roof antenna, making setting up the system for a portable satellite dish a simple modification.

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